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June 10, 2011


Our Lady

Rough week, like running a marathon with a pebble in my shoe while carrying a squalling piglet. You get the idea … So, what better way to end it than with some photos of one of my favorite sights: the painted tree lady in Jesús Maya’s garden. Paul and I drove by on Sunday and since Maya was in the front yard we stopped in. Our Lady had obviously been freshened up recently, her arms ending in freshly trimmed cones, her face sharper, more defined  …

Stoic, stylish

Our Lady’s jewelry and bodice seem equally refreshed; modest, but still stylish … Maya told me he didn’t remember exactly when he created the lady in the tree, but that he thought it had been 15 years now. Who wouldn’t need a touch-up after stoically standing out in the elements that length of time?

Trumpets and topiary

Under the shade of his gorgeous angels’ trumpets, some of Maya’s topiaries have filled in nicely. Joining the neatly trimmed geometric hedges now are a variety friendly green beasties.

Trumpeter amid trumpets

As seen in my earlier Maya garden post (click here), an even more vine-entwined trumpeter blasts a jaunty tune amidst the shrubbery.

Maya, who is modest to a fault, showed me some unfinished projects he’s working on … apologizing for their unfinished state, and explaining that it’s hard to find time to complete them. I shook my head knowingly, flashing on the five in-the-works projects waiting for me back at the Rancho. A man after my own heart, he has masses of discarded, and rescued items yet to be worked into his scheme, including some amazing structures. He’s invited me to come back at another time and I know I will … Our Lady’s too special not to visit again and again …

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Donita Smith permalink
    June 10, 2011 5:42 pm

    I used to drive by this house every day on my way home from work. Tree lady is way cool. I always appreciated it when traffic would back up enough for me to sit there for a while and admire the whole scene.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      June 10, 2011 6:20 pm

      Ha! Good point, in fact it may be because of that traffic jam that I first noticed the Maya garden!

  2. Mrs. Monstera permalink
    June 12, 2011 9:24 am

    I love their angel’s trumpets. I wish mine grew that well. So tall!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      June 12, 2011 12:16 pm

      Maya’s trumpets are spectacular … mine, not so. In fact all the blossoms have shriveled and fallen. See next post …

  3. June 14, 2011 12:00 am

    What a wonderful garden this family has made. They have a lot of fun with it. It’s great that it is a family project they can all collaborate on. Very special. Thanks for sharing it.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      June 14, 2011 2:52 am

      Rightfully, the Mayas are very proud of it!

  4. Judith nelson permalink
    June 14, 2011 5:40 pm

    Have you visited– and photographed and blogged– the ‘found art,’ topiary and fountain work done at Tio’s Tacos on Mission Inn Blvd? THANKS for marvelous comments and photos of the unique quirky beauties to be found in your neighborhood!

  5. June 24, 2011 9:13 pm

    This is great! It reminds me of a sculpture at The Heidelberg Project in Detroit. An unexpected juxtaposition.

    By the way, I love your blog! I just stumbled upon it today and I can already tell I will be a regular visitor!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      June 24, 2011 9:23 pm

      Hi, Anzelina, interesting comparison, thanks for commenting! and welcome… regular visitors are my favorite!

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